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Old 12-21-2018, 02:16 PM   #1
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Success, Sobriety, and Financial Freedom: Out of Poker Retirement and back to Mid/Hi Stakes

First my cumulative graph:





My Story:

I played first 6max and then HU online from 2007-2015 (living abroad the entire time) to varying degrees of success, playing as high as 100/200 HU on Stars. However, whatever success I had over the years was lost to my disastrous addictions to alcohol and cocaine, and part of my story was consistent “shot-taking” while high, and I’d wake up to a 5 (or, a couple times, 6) figure hole in my bankroll from playing Baj or some other high-variance opponent.

I spent way too many nights in jail, was homeless numerous times, and had 20 or so seizures due to alcohol withdrawal. My addictions just progressed over time and whatever “bottom” I thought existed fell out from beneath me as I encountered a yet more extreme example of how bad life can be. As a last ditch effort to save my life, my family sent me to San Francisco to get long-term help, and I have been sober since. Before turning to poker I was an accomplished chef and got back into the industry, and am now an executive-level chef at a hotel.

I am in my mid-30’s and came into sobriety with nothing, so after a time back in the kitchen, I decided to make a couple extra bucks on the side playing live poker. At this point, having kept up with 2+2, I figured I had no real shot of making a good hourly online. I was familiar with PIO and could follow what people were saying about its application, but I figured I would be light years behind even a small stakes grinder. So, I googled some local card rooms, picked one, and went.

The live games were (I’d never played live poker outside of a home game) like nothing I even thought existed. While I did and do find it a real grind, I simply had no idea how completely clueless live players still are. Anyways, while going through some real variance playing 600bb’s deep regularly, I made ~30kish playing (on my off days on top of a 60hr weekly workload) in the Bay Area card rooms last year playing mostly deep 2/3/5, all the while following PGC’s and watching vids to stay sharp and to see how the game was evolving, and implementing certain aspects of it into my play. I started to take shots at some higher stuff and even met up with our famous GazzyB at the Commerce in LA.

Through the PGC threads I started to realize that I was on an even playing field with most of the guys in their threads, and often noticed leaks from winning players and spots that made me realize I might be competitive in today’s climate. I met Berri Sour from 2+2, and we spoke at length about poker in general and his success in PLO and I came away from our meeting with a friend and with more confidence in myself (Thanks Berri!).

Anyways I decided to take a shot at online, starting at 50nl and going up from there. I have a manageable salary just shy of 6 figs (virtually poor by bay area standards), and if I find that I can no longer beat the games, then I will go back to playing live. I will not continue to replenish an online roll if I find myself losing.

Unless the online climate changes drastically, I do not see that being the case. Granted, I only have 30k hands, but in my sample I can clearly see my clear edge in the games up to and including 500nl. Because I can keep all my money in my roll and have a paycheck coming in each week, I will be I employing an aggressive shot-taking approach, as I am a firm believer in pushing my edge as far as I can (and can deal with my ego and drop down when I find the inevitable upper limit). I've taken some shots 500nl and have run bad there so far, but I will be jumping back in when I feel like it.

Part of me wants to wait until I have a bigger hand sample size so I can avoid the inevitable backlash from posting a small sample where I’m running well, but I want to begin to hold myself accountable in this thread, as I have a tendency to lazily just grind hands, click buttons, not think, and play my C game for stretches (a big chunk of my hands in my 200 sample here are that way). I know how valuable a PGC thread can be.

I 100% have some posters to thank, because I have either watched your streams or read your hands/thought processes in your PGC threads, and I literally couldn’t have stepped back into the games and won (at least very much) without it. You are:

Mixgrill (the bluffthespot content is almost TOO good; if stuff like this were readily available back in the day, the game would have progressed much faster). Even with the multitude of coaching options out there, I think if I were to start struggling I would go with bluffthespot from what I've seen.

brokenstars

skuzlad

GazzyB123

Kangal

BenaBadBeat

bbissick

purple fartbubble


I definitely owe you guys a heartfelt thanks and want to shout you out with much love and appreciation for not only the poker content, but interesting reads with quality "life stuff". If any of you ever want to discuss a hand or if there is anything that I could do to reciprocate, I would be happy to.

Goals for the thread:

I want it to mainly be about poker, but I will also use it for life stuff. I am a very healthy and active person, and might start including training regiments as a way to track it, I’m not sure. I don’t have very strong mental game, and that’s one of the main reasons I am starting this thread, because I think it will get me back on track when things aren’t going my way and I will be able to read this and remind myself of where I’m at, get motivated, and not go stare into the abyss as I am wont to do. I may journal in it at times, or if people are interested and ask questions I'll engage in that too.

See you at the tables!

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Old 12-21-2018, 02:53 PM   #2
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Re: Success, Sobriety, and Financial Freedom: Out of Poker Retirement and back to Mid/Hi Stakes

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Old 12-21-2018, 04:54 PM   #3
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Thanks for the shoutout my guy. Glgl in 2019 and beyond, I’ll be following!
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Old 12-21-2018, 05:04 PM   #4
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Good luck buddy.
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Old 12-21-2018, 06:26 PM   #5
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GL man
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Old 12-21-2018, 06:57 PM   #6
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Good luck man! Will follow your progress.
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Old 12-21-2018, 08:39 PM   #7
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Reading your story makes me guess that your last name rhymes with someone who works professionally in a library?

gl, will follow!
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Old 12-21-2018, 09:21 PM   #8
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Re: Success, Sobriety, and Financial Freedom: Out of Poker Retirement and back to Mid/Hi Stakes

Go man. I'm in a very similar situation. Back in the 2000s i had it made. It was like printing money. I just couldn't handle it. It's bizarre, I just turned into a different person. Never did drugs my entire life and sure enough i got hooked. My health deteriorated. Now I just smoke and am slowly rebuilding. Good luck. My thread isn't as serious as yours. I just don't think I'm ready yet. I'll live vicariously through you...
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Old 12-21-2018, 10:44 PM   #9
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Congrats on your sobriety! Have fun crushing souls
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Old 12-21-2018, 11:10 PM   #10
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good luck
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Old 12-22-2018, 03:09 PM   #11
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tyty for shoutout too! glglgl and will be following
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Old 12-22-2018, 11:42 PM   #12
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12/22/18

Thanks guys, appreciate the well wishes.



I want to standardize my updates, and my work week at my restaurant ends on Saturdays, so I will probably start doing my updates on Saturdays. I will still prob make other posts in between poker posts but I want to do a poker update w/ cumulative graph every Saturday. If I say it here I'll stick to it.

Poker:

Playing well for the most part, sticking with short sessions. I used to grind marathon sessions and unless I'm in a great game it's not the best for me. Like I've mentioned, mental game is weak. I stay sharp for a couple hours, then I fall off, and the difference between my A game and C game is for the time being too great for it to be worth it. On top of that, I have limited time to get hands in with a full workload.

Vacation just started, off til 1/2, so should get good volume over the holidays. Going to visit my mom in AZ with my girlfriend for a few days, will do some desert hiking/exploring. I was obsessed with Apache Indians and with the ecosystem in the Southeastern US growing up, and will look forward to going and checking it out.

Life Stuff:

Have gotten into swimming after deciding to basically retire from BJJ. Really enjoying it for the time being despite being in terrible swimming shape. Have never really done it enough to get good at it, looking forward to that. I also want to get back into a good morning meditation routine that I have been slacking on, started today.

GL at the tables
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Old 12-23-2018, 12:49 AM   #13
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Re: Success, Sobriety, and Financial Freedom: Out of Poker Retirement and back to Mid/Hi Stakes

some life/degen stories from your years abroad would make this instant 5stars.
What cities did you live in abroad?
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Old 12-23-2018, 01:47 AM   #14
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Good luck, will be following!

Since you said deep 2/3/5, I assume youíre talking about the 2/3/5/10 games in San Jose?


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Old 12-23-2018, 01:50 AM   #15
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Awesome OP, subbed and really looking forward to following.
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Old 12-23-2018, 07:47 PM   #16
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In and GL!
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Old 12-23-2018, 08:11 PM   #17
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Im along for the ride on this one.
Wish you well in your sobriety!
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Old 12-23-2018, 09:00 PM   #18
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Congrats on the recovery and gl in poker & life !
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Old 12-24-2018, 01:50 PM   #19
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Hey man glad to see you are back in the saddle. This all looks very good, keep the volume up! From our conversations, I'm really happy to hear how you are in a good place now and are reintroducing the game into your life in a positive manner. I know you don't like bombarding me with things but reach out to me anytime, especially if you need to talk about anything that's causing you trouble.

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Old 12-24-2018, 03:55 PM   #20
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First off, congrats on your sobriety.

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Part of me wants to wait until I have a bigger hand sample size so I can avoid the inevitable backlash from posting a small sample where Iím running well...
And second, who gives a ****. Continue to identify the people who can add value and help you achieve your goals. Surround yourself with those people and tune out all the other noise. You've already identified and thanked a great list of contributors that frequent PG&C. Don't worry about people who pop in just to be negative. Mute them and forget about them because they're not worth the time. Best of luck, stay healthy and keep moving forward.
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Old 12-24-2018, 06:25 PM   #21
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Nice thread, GL man, will follow
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Old 12-24-2018, 07:23 PM   #22
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Thats cool to hear I have made a positive impact on your return back to poker! GL. Hope all goes well!
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Old 12-25-2018, 01:23 AM   #23
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Old 12-26-2018, 03:05 AM   #24
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some life/degen stories from your years abroad would make this instant 5stars.
What cities did you live in abroad?
I lived in South America for almost all of it.

I have read a good number of addiction memoirs and my life was at least as absurd/****ed up as all of them. A lot of my friends want me to write a book, not really things I like to relive but maybe someday.
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Old 12-26-2018, 03:06 AM   #25
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Good luck, will be following!

Since you said deep 2/3/5, I assume youíre talking about the 2/3/5/10 games in San Jose?


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I never made it down to SJ, there are a few 2/3/5 games in SF that allow for a 1k buyin (and don't really pay attention to the large number of regs who buy in for more)
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